About T/TAC

The Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a variety of services tailored to assist personnel in schools, interagency coordinating councils and state-operated programs in Superintendent’s Regions 1 and 8. The VDOE T/TAC is a part of the statewide network of T/TACs across Virginia and a participating member of the online community T/TACOnline . The VDOE T/TAC at VCU is also a part of the Partnership for People with Disabilities , a member of the national University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities,and the VCU School of Education .

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TTAC Welcomes New Program Specialists

TTAC has added some new and familiar faces during the summer.  Join us in welcoming five new staff members who will be working with school divisions throughout our regions.  Erinn Green joins TTAC as a Program Specialist for Curriculum & Instruction, Grades 5-9. Previously, Erinn worked in Prince Edward Schools as a special education teacher. Jackie Neidle joins TTAC as a Program Specialist in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism.  Jackie has previous teaching experience in Chesterfield County as a teacher of students with intellectual disabilities and autism.  Kelley Neubert joins TTAC as a Program Specialist in Behavior.  Kelley worked in Henrico County as a behavior instructor and special education teacher.  Kia Reed joins TTAC as a Program Specialist for Middle School Curriculum & Instruction.  Kia worked in Prince George's County, Maryland as a general education teacher and in Henrico County as a special education teacher. We are also pleased to welcome back Phyllis Haynes as a Program Specialist for Secondary Curriculum & Instruction and Behavior.  Phyllis worked in Richmond Public Schools as an Instructional Specialist and worked at the VDOE's TTAC at VCU for 12 years prior to her employment with Richmond City Schools.

Monthly TTAC Topics

The VDOE's TTAC at VCU is now distributing a monthly e-news blast, TTAC Topics.  This monthly news blast will feature instructional strategies, website links and resources available from the TTAC at VCU.  If you are not currently on our mailing list, click here to be added to the monthly TTAC Topics.  View October's TTAC Topics here.

Upcoming Workshops and Seminars

4th Annual Virtual Assistive Technology Conference 2014 kicks off November 5 with a keynote address by Kelly Fonner, "Broaden Your Students'Educational Horizons through Assistive Technologies". On November 6 & November 7 tune in to hear sessions "Free Technology Tools for Struggling Readers" and "Free Electronic Books and Software for Struggle Students".  Registration is free.  Future sessions will be held in February, April and September 2015.  For more information click here.

Deaf-Blind On-Line Learning Modules: The Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Learnin Modules are a free, online,national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who have both a vision loss and a hearin gloss and are being served in educational settings (ages3 through 21). The kickoff is Wednesday, September 24. OHOA training

Community of Learning for Teachers of Students with Intellectual Disabilities: This Community of Learning will address the common concern of finding the right instructional materials for students with ID.  Our next meeting for teachers in Region 8 will be held on October 21 at the Region 8 TTAC office. Region 1 teachers will meet on October 29 at our Richmond office. Registration coming soon.


New materials added to our library!

Making Preschool Inclusion Work
By: Anne Richardson-Gibbs & Dine Klein

A comprehensive book that gives early childhood professionals a thorough introduction to inclusive supports, evidence-based practices, and strateigies that help children with disabilities fully participate in preschool classrooms.

This book is also available as a book club kit.

Brain Rules
12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
By:John Medina

This book shares how the broain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. The author discusses how every brain is wired differently, exersice improves cognition, sleep is linked to the ability to learn, stress changes the way we learn, and vision trumps all senses.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice
By: Carol Copple, Sue Bredekamp, Derry Koralek & Kathy Charmer

There are four books in this series that provide ideas and strategies for applying developmentally appropriate practices. Each book focus' on an age level including, infants and toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and children in the first, second, and third grade.‌

Mind in the Making
By: Ellen Galinsky

This book describes seven strategies for teachers to utilize in their classrooms in order to foster critical cognitive and social emotional skills.  These skills include: focus and self control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, and self-directed and engaged learning.

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